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Over the past five years, I have been gathering a wealth of good quality and useful cookbooks. I want to share a list of my favorite cookbooks with you, including my favorite cookbook, The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte.

My passion for healthy cooking began about ten years ago when I became certified as an RYT 500-hour hot yoga teacher. I was led down a path of consuming nutritious and whole foods. With each passing year, I have discovered more food knowledge, and a deeper desire to consume the best foods we can afford.

My husband and I quickly learned that making and consuming foods inside the home was a much more economical and nutritious option. We both fell in love with the process of being creative in coming up with meals and introducing various foods into our diet on a regular basis.

Favorite Vanilla Bean Cupcake Recipe
Favorite Vanilla Bean Cupcake Recipe

When I became pregnant with my oldest son in 2012, I had JUST opened up a cupcake shop. We sold mostly gluten-free cupcakes and used as many organic options as we could source for a good quality product. Over and over we heard that we made the best testing cupcakes around. I could hardly keep up with business at first. Due to the nature of being a start up business, I put in long hours at the shop, was on my feet all day, and despite my best intentions, mostly ate foods from restaurants out of convenience and sheer exhaustion. On the day I delivered my son, unfortunately, I had developed preeclampsia. I blamed myself for not taking better care of my body in pregnancy and the outcome of my birth experience.

Fast forward nine months after my first son was born, and we were pregnant with our second son. I vowed to take better care of my body. We ate in as much as we could.  My husband often brought me home cooked meals at work. While I didn’t rest as much as I should have, my second pregnancy was better than my first. I did not have preeclampsia with my second pregnancy. I attribute a healthy second pregnancy to eating nourishing, home-cooked meals as much as possible.

Now that my sons are toddlers and preschoolers, we try to eat home-cooked meals as much as we can. Cooking with our children is quickly becoming one of our favorite ways to connect as a family! I’m so fortunate I can stay at home with them, and my husband’s flexible hours mean that he is often home cooking meals with us for breakfast and lunch. I teach them preschool at home and preparing and eating meals together is a big part of our day. We are so lucky when Daddy can join us!

As my sister says, “Food is everything.” Below are MY FAVORITE COOKBOOKS that I refer back to and regularly use recipes from. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I does! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to purchase any of these stellar cookbooks on Amazon!

  1. The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods by Sara Forte.
  2. The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook: The Delicious Way to Reduce Inflammation and Stay Healthy by Amanda Haas
  3. Green Kitchen Smoothies: Healthy and Colorful Smoothies for Every Day by David Frenkiel an Luise Vindahl.  
  4. Whole30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig
  5. Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe
  6. The Wellness Mama Cookbook by Katie Wells.

 

Boys Stirring Muffins. Helping in the kitchen.

Help Your Child Eat A Variety of Foods

Help Your Child Eat A Variety of Foods

“The parents’ chief care is, that that which they supply shall be wholesome and nourishing, whether in the way of picture-books, lessons, playmates, bread and milk, or mother’s love.”  — Charlotte Mason Home Education pg. 5

Boys in the kitchen strawberry jam
Boys in the kitchen strawberry jam

My child only eats mac and cheese and a few other foods. We struggle to feed our child a variety of foods. I want my child to eat something, anything. So, we finally offer my child mac and cheese so he won’t starve.” 

I see so many parents with this struggle. It is easy to fall victim to this vicious cycle. When we offer food to our children and they don’t eat their food, we feel like we should never offer the particular meal again. This results in your child eating the same variety of foods.

When young children are learning how to eat, they may need to try the same food many times before they discover if they like it or not. My oldest son refused eggs in ALL methods of preparation for about two years! Then one day, he decided he wanted a hard boiled egg. He has consumed hard boiled eggs ever since.

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Helping hands in kitchen. Fresh vegetables.
Helping hands in kitchen. Fresh vegetables.

Below, are four tips to help your child receive a variety of healthy nutrients to nourish their bodies.

  1. STOP SERVING MAC AND CHEESE. Literally.

Give your child a few days to adjust, give yourself some grace, and provide a variety of other healthy foods. Do not feed your child mac and cheese, no matter what. Its just a few days – you can do it. In a few days, feel free to offer it back to them on occasion. The intention is not to deprive them of the foods they love, however, you are in control of what they eat. Provide them foods other than mac and cheese. 

2. WHAT DO WE EAT? 

  • Offer a variety of healthy food choices. Foods can be simple, easy and enjoyed by the whole family. When you offer an assortment of healthy choices to your children, you are fueling their bodies. The following examples below are filled with nutrients. Children can also help to prepare these foods.
Examples are, but certainly not limited to:

You can find simple recipes the whole family can be involved with on Pinterest.

3. INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN IN THE FOOD PREPARATION. 

Children, and mamas too, are more interested in something if they have had a part in the creation of it. Children (even very young children) can help prepare all of the above meal examples in tip #2. By participating in food preparation, children are more inclined to taste test what they directly helped make. Please always make sure to assist your children and supervise as needed.

Your children can learn and help you by: gathering ingredients that are accessible to them, opening jars, bags, spreading the foods on the sandwiches, spiralizing vegetable noodles, squeezing lemons, adding garnish to dishes, and washing fresh fruit or vegetables.

Helping hands in the kitchen. Peeling vegetables.
Helping hands in the kitchen. Peeling vegetables.

4. EAT MEALS WITH YOUR CHILDREN. 

When it is possible, sit down and eat meals with your children. Lead by example so your children see you eat the same foods you are asking them to eat. Children are constantly learning from everything they experience, see and hear. When you sit beside your child, and eat the same foods together as a family, you are reinforcing their good eating habits. 

Stick with this parents and you can do this. Remember, you are their primary and first source of nourishment and you make the decisions. It may be a tough few days, but you can do this. I have seen it work with my children. Pave a path for your children. With your efforts, they will experience a wealth of nutrient dense and healthy foods, in just a few days time.

Our boys are pictured below. We made homemade whipped cream with just a few ingredients and it therefore turned out amazing. Finally, we topped our gluten-free pancakes with the cream.

Boys homemade whipped cream

 

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